Dec 31, 2020

Home Window Repair vs. Replacement

Whether your child’s backyard golf practice ended with a broken windowpane or you’ve noticing drafts around your windows, there are many reasons homeowners ponder if their house windows need professional attention.  Here’s our list of common scenarios that can cause you to question whether window repair or replacement is needed and our expert advice on how to handle the situation.

Damaged Window Seals: One of the hardest working parts of a window is the seal.  Over time, it can crack or break as Mother Nature takes its toll.  If you notice a fogginess that cannot be wiped off the window’s interior or exterior or ice in between the panes of glass, it’s likely that window seal failure has taken place.  This means that the argon gas located in the gas packs of the double or triple pane windows has escaped which results in the windows energy efficiency properties dissolving.

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Inoperable Windows: If your house windows have not been opened for an extended period of time, there are a few possible culprits.  One possible explanation is the expansion and contraction between sash and frame due to repeated exposure to nature’s elements.  When this occurs, full frame window replacement is the ideal solution.  Alternatively, window sashes and frames can be bonded together by layers of paint or grime.  In this instance, it is possible to pry them apart with the use of hand tools.  However, doing so can damage the window.  This should not be attempted on windows installed prior to 1978 without professional assistance because of the dangers associated with lead paint removal.

Window Condensation: Condensation on windows spells real trouble and should be diagnosed by a reputable professional ASAP.  In some instances, it’s a sign that home humidity levels are too high. Other times, it’s a red flag that window replacement is necessary in order to stop the process of mold and mildew growing on the window’s frame which will eventually lead to rot.  The placement of the condensation matters.  If it is located between the windowpanes, the window has reached the end of its lifespan and is allowing air infiltration to take place.  Interior condensation that’s manifesting itself at the center of the window’s glass pack is a signal that the argon gas inside the window has escaped, sacrificing the window’s insulating properties.

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Broken Windowpanes: Whether it’s from a baseball, rock thrown by a lawnmower, or an attempted break-in, broken windowpanes can put a real damper on your day.  This situation should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  If the window is only a year or two old, it can make sense to proceed with simply having the glass repaired.  However, if the glass panes within an older, or builder grade window shatter, the funds used to complete glass replacement might be better spent on a new energy efficient window that will likely lower your utility bills and enhance your home’s curb appeal.

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Our Twin Cities Home Window Replacement Reviews:

"Arranged to have our installation completed while we were out of town. Our neighbors said the install crew was fast, neat and cleaned up after install."

Mike N.
Richfield, MN
November 20, 2020

"We are part of an HOA. We had Lindus out to replace the windows in our townhome. They did a great job in the pre-sales, helps us select window design, and delivered the windows as ordered. I was very impressed with the installers. they were very professional, friendly, and showed a great deal of care for both our home and for keeping us safe during this time of COVID. Installation was top notch, the interior and exterior match wonderfully. great craftsmanship.  After having the windows for a number of months now, We really appreciate the quality and the noticeable change in heating and cooling."

Dennis A.
Hugo, MN
November 20, 2020

"Love my Infinity® from Marvin windows. My crew was great!"

Rachel W.
Roseville, MN
September 30, 2020

"Although Lindus was not the lowest bid, because of their excellent ratings on Angie's List we selected them to do the project. Removing 14 double hung wood windows and two large bay windows (including frames & interior trim), cutting back the exterior siding slightly, replacing with Infinity® from Marvin units and installing new interior trim was a four day project for the crew of three. It is doggone rare to find a company that takes this kind of pride in their work any more, but Lindus definitely does. Would we recommend them? We already have. With pleasure."

Thomas R.
St. Louis Park, MN
October 13, 2020

"If you’re going to remodel, windows or anything they do, hire them for a professional experience."

David C.
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 2020

"Customer service and great products were the reason I chose Lindus!  They proved it today came out fixed the track in the window that I goofed up. And took the time to explain what I did wrong and how to fix if I happen to do it again. Thank you, Sam."

Mike B.
Robbinsdale, MN
February 26, 2020
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